Bus accidents are serious. If you were hurt in one, it is in your best interest to reach out to our skilled Buffalo bus accident lawyer today.
How do bus accidents occur?
There are a number of different ways that bus accidents can occur in New York. However, you may want to note that they are most typically caused by negligence. However, you should keep in mind that there are several different parties that can be held liable for an accident. They include the following:
- Bus Companies: Bus company employers are responsible for ensuring they hire qualified, licensed drivers and other employees. When they fail to do so, the chances of an accident happening increase. They are also responsible for regularly maintaining buses, such as by taking them for yearly inspections. Failing to do so can also result in serious injury.
- Bus Drivers: The most typical cause of bus accidents is bus driver negligence. If bus drivers fail to follow the rules and regulations of the road, they put themselves, their passengers, and others at risk. A number of different behaviors can be categorized as bus driver negligence, including driving while intoxicated, distracted driving, making sudden stops or starts, ignoring traffic lights or signs, speeding, and more.
- Other Drivers: Many times, bus accidents are the result of another motorist crashing into a bus because of an act of negligence.
- Negligent Bus Part Designers/Manufacturers: Those who design bus parts are accountable for ensuring their technology is safe and works as planned. Disregarding potential safety hazards when designing a product can cause it to become unsafe. At times, however, a product designer will make a safe product, only to have it changed because of a negligent manufacturer, which can also result in the product becoming dangerous.
What steps can I take to win a bus accident claim?
If you would like to pursue legal action after your bus accident, you will want to gather and present as much evidence as possible to prove that you were hurt as a result of another party’s negligence. If you are able, after an accident, you should call the police, seek immediate medical treatment, take photos of the accident, ask witnesses for their phone number/email address, and whatever else is necessary to document the incident. After that, you will want to retain the services of an experienced Buffalo auto accident lawyer. The majority of the time, you will have to file a Notice of Claim within 90 days of the date the accident occurred. Waiting longer than 90 days will most likely result in you losing your right to seek the compensation you need to heal.
Contact Our Experienced New York Firm
If you require legal representation for matters of personal injury in New York, look no further than Ramos & Ramos. Whether you were injured in an auto accident, a slip and fall, or under any other circumstances, our firm is on your side. To learn more about our team and how we can assist you, contact us today.